Eleven people were injured Friday morning when the Metro bus they were riding was rear-ended by a semi-truck on northbound Interstate 5 in Seattle, according to the Seattle Fire Department and the Washington State Patrol.
Kristin Tinsley, a spokeswoman for the Seattle Fire Department, said eight people with “very minor injuries” were taken by four ambulances and one aid unit to hospitals. Another three people were evaluated at the scene for minor injuries.
The crash happened just before 9:20 a.m. Friday near South Michigan Street, said Trooper Rick Johnson.
Both the semi and the Route 150 bus were drivable and, after blocking one lane of traffic, moved to the shoulder of the freeway, said Jeff Switzer, a spokesman for King County Metro.
“Traffic is flowing by it, but it is causing a bit of a backup because people want to see” the crash scene, Johnson said.
Switzer said that traffic had been moving when the bus was rear-ended and that the driver was “shaken up” but not injured. He didn’t know how many passengers were on the bus, but since the collision occurred during morning rush hour it “potentially had standing passengers.”